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PRIOR LOOKING TO CEMENT HIS PLACE

 

By Peter Argent 
Min North lad Matthew Prior, may have started his stint at the Bulldogs a little latter than most, but  is endeavouring to be a big part of a new era at Bulldogs league side, looking to secure his position in the defence at Central District. 
The third son of Stephen – a former Barossa and Light Football League Senior Colts medallist from the 1980s with the Roosters and A grade premiership half back – and his wife Marie, Prior is proud of his heritage and his football roots at the now amalgamated Eudunda Roosters.
Older brother Andrew “AJ” Prior has returned to the Southern Saints (the combination of Eudunda and neighbours Robertstown) this year, but for Matt this is a pivotal season at SANFL level.  
“I started playing football as a seven-year-old at the Eudunda Roosters,” Matt Prior said.
“There was a couple of A grade games with Eudunda before I went down to the Eagles, where I played two years of under 17s footy and a season of under 19s.
“I then played at Tanunda in 2009-10, in the defence alongside ‘AJ’, before (in 2011) I ventured down to the Ponderosa to have a crack.”
Prior’s SANFL debut came at the start of 2012, with his initial game being in the round one clash with Norwood.
In the Bulldogs win over Port Adelaide during May, Prior played an important role at centre half back on Josh Thurgood in just his seventh league game.
The 191cm, 91 kg defender is still in the embryonic stages on his career, playing five games in his debut season. 
He displayed his character and hardness, being a key member of the Bulldogs 2012 reserves premiership, and would go on to win that grade’s best and fairest.
What isn’t widely known is Prior’s heroics on grand final day last year.
“About 10 minutes into the opening term I tore my hamstring,” Prior explained. 
“I played the remainder of the game a kick behind the play.
“It took three months to recover from its.”
When asked about which of his three premierships is the most special Prior said every flag is exciting – but the first one stands out.
Matthew works as a cooper at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, at the Keg Factory.
“It’s pretty physical work, as each barrel is hand-made,” Prior, who turned 23 on February 15, said.
When quizzed about mentors, he suggested his first coaches were mum and dad at the local ‘Auskick’ centre and they have been a great support along the entire journey. 
“Dad taught ‘AJ’ to kick, and mum taught me,” Matthew laughed. 

By Peter Argent 

 

Min North lad Matthew Prior, may have started his stint at the Bulldogs a little latter than most, but  is endeavouring to be a big part of a new era at Bulldogs league side, looking to secure his position in the defence at Central District. 

The third son of Stephen – a former Barossa and Light Football League Senior Colts medallist from the 1980s with the Roosters and A grade premiership half back – and his wife Marie, Prior is proud of his heritage and his football roots at the now amalgamated Eudunda Roosters.

Older brother Andrew “AJ” Prior has returned to the Southern Saints (the combination of Eudunda and neighbours Robertstown) this year, but for Matt this is a pivotal season at SANFL level.  

“I started playing football as a seven-year-old at the Eudunda Roosters,” Matt Prior said.

“There was a couple of A grade games with Eudunda before I went down to the Eagles, where I played two years of under 17s footy and a season of under 19s.

“I then played at Tanunda in 2009-10, in the defence alongside ‘AJ’, before (in 2011) I ventured down to the Ponderosa to have a crack.”

Prior’s SANFL debut came at the start of 2012, with his initial game being in the round one clash with Norwood.

In the Bulldogs win over Port Adelaide during May, Prior played an important role at centre half back on Josh Thurgood in just his seventh league game.

The 191cm, 91 kg defender is still in the embryonic stages on his career, playing five games in his debut season. 

He displayed his character and hardness, being a key member of the Bulldogs 2012 reserves premiership, and would go on to win that grade’s best and fairest.

What isn’t widely known is Prior’s heroics on grand final day last year.

“About 10 minutes into the opening term I tore my hamstring,” Prior explained. 

“I played the remainder of the game a kick behind the play.

“It took three months to recover from its.”

When asked about which of his three premierships is the most special Prior said every flag is exciting – but the first one stands out.

Matthew works as a cooper at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, at the Keg Factory.

“It’s pretty physical work, as each barrel is hand-made,” Prior, who turned 23 on February 15, said.

When quizzed about mentors, he suggested his first coaches were mum and dad at the local ‘Auskick’ centre and they have been a great support along the entire journey. 

“Dad taught ‘AJ’ to kick, and mum taught me,” Matthew laughed. 

Matt Prior against Port Magpies earlier this season. Picture by Peter Argent. CDFC Sponsor and Freelance Photojournalist.
Warming up before the clash against North Adelaide. Picture by Peter Argent.
Taking a mark in last year's Reserves Grand Final. Picture by Peter Argent.

Firing out a handball under extreme pressure against Port Magpies on May 5th. Picture Callum MacKinnon

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